August 31, 2011

Results Room

As the name suggests the crew at Results Room focus on results. The trainer specialist gym opened this year and although they have a limited number of clients they are fast headed toward full capacity.

The trainers are young and rather attractive which is at least partly to be expected from a personal trainer. Don’t let their looks fool you, they are also very good at what they do. They use functional training with varying activities to train and test. Every six weeks they will reassess your fitness compared to your goals, if you are trying to lose weight they will weigh you fortnightly. Oh and the best bit, you don't have to join and they'll make you a programme for your gym.

Results Room is conveniently located in Featherston Street, the building isn’t terribly nice but the gym is. The equipment is surprisingly minimal, for the small space you would expect it to be packed in, it is all top of the line and functional – nothing without purpose. The toilets (at least the womens) are separate from the changing rooms which is a bit odd but probably due to space constraints. The changing rooms themselves are small but like the rest of the gym pleasant and practical.

The price is a bit prohibitive (the cheapest around $70) and there is unfortunately no option to see a trainer less than once a week. The price is made up of your membership fee (should you choose to join) and your trainer fee (discounted if you are a member). The shortest period you can attend is for six months (even if you aren’t a member).

We think it’s a great concept especially if you can afford it. We recommend it for anyone who has a specific goal in mind; these guys will get you there.

See them on facebook or the web.

August 11, 2011

Burlesque class - week two

I crept into my second class, more nervous than the previous week, feeling like a spy. Thankfully my review was not mentioned (at least within my hearing).
The class is women only, all appear to be in there 20's and 30's. There was at least one perfect specimen of womenhood amongst the varied shapes and sizes (all beautiful in their own way). The assistant teacher Crystal managed to appeared half dressed though all that was missing from last week were her shoes and fascinator, how strange that I now consider full underwear (including corset) to be dressed! I spent the class wishing I had Miss la Belle's looks (her talent and wardrobe wouldn't bother me either) unable to agree with comments that she looks like an average woman.
This week we reviewed everything from the last class and improved on it by adding facial expressions. I don’t remember when I last felt that ridiculous or embarrassed. New moves for this week were hip movements including the bump and grind, front bumps and the washing machine - all designed to draw attention to your hips and buttocks. Posing was great fun, learning to stand like Marilyn or in the bombshell pose (the secret is if it is uncomfortable then you are doing it right).
Our homework for the week was to gasp (which lifts the breasts) and watch peoples reactions. Now I just need to find someone to flirt with...
Next post I will discuss the venue. If you have any questions please comment or email me
Check out reviews for week one, weeks three-five and six.

August 7, 2011

Miss la Belle's House of Burlesque -Teaser Class

The two things in vogue amongst my group of friends are burlesque and roller derby (though enthusiasm for the latter seems to be slipping). As I am a bit on the heavy and unfit side of things both seem quite daunting but at least with burlesque I'm less likely to break any bones so I decided to give it a try.

Having seen Miss la Belle on her website, Facebook, performing at Carousel and her own students graduation I was (I thought) prepared to be taught by her. In person she is just as charming as on stage, with encouragement and a laugh for each student. Miss La Belle and her feisty assistant led the class through the basic movements of burlesque: shimmies, walks, struts, hip movements, beautiful arms, posture and eye contact ("Am I looking? Yes I am."). The most challenging part was walking in heels for an hour - the one required item of costume though I covet the outfits of our teachers (heels, fishnets, suspenders, corsets and bejeweled bras).

Having tried several styles of dancing (Latin, Ballroom, Rock n Roll, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Belly Dancing) this is definitely my favourite; it is fun and I feel beautiful. I think by the end of the six weeks it will have done wonders for my self confidence...perhaps not so much that I'd be willing to do it in front of anyone though.

If you are interested in classes the next round starts in October and costs $100.

Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions - if there is interest I am happy to review each of the six classes.

Check out reviews for week two,  weeks three-five and six.